While Pep Guardiola’s side could still finish the weekend in second place, three points in Saturday’s clash at the Etihad Stadium would at least increase the pressure on leaders Arsenal ahead of their big clash with Chelsea on Sunday.
After losing to Liverpool, City are back on track, winning their last two games and resting several players during their midweek Champions League win over Sevilla.
Still, while any meeting between the champions and a newly promoted side at the Etihad is usually a bit of a foregone conclusion, Marco Silva’s Fulham are a tough opponent.
Exceeding expectations and hard to beat, Aleksandar Mitrovic has quelled any notion that he’s not good enough for the Premier League, while the rest of the squad are showing a wealth of past incarnations without being desperate.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game.
Date, start time and place
The Premier League match is scheduled to kick-off on Saturday 5 November 2022 at 15:00 GMT.
It will host the Etihad Stadium in Manchester.
Where to watch Manchester City vs Fulham
TV channel and live stream: The match will not be broadcast on UK TV due to the 3pm blackout imposed on English football.
Highlights: Match of the Day, however, will show highlights when it airs at 10.30pm on Saturday.
LIVE Coverage – Follow all the action with Standard sportthe dedicated match blog.
Manchester City vs Fulham team news
Guardiola has confirmed that Erling Haaland is likely to be fit to play at least a bit after missing the last two games with a foot injury.
The City manager confirmed his star striker was “much better”, although he stopped short of suggesting he will start and instead discussed Julian Alvarez’s chances.
Elsewhere, Manuel Akanji is fit after a dead leg and the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Rodri and Bernardo Silva are expected to return to the starting line-up.
Back in action: Erling Haaland is back in training
For Fulham, Neeskens Kabano faces a long spell on the sidelines after rupturing his Achilles in training and Bobby Decordova-Reid is suspended.
Harry Wilson is improving his fitness and there is a possibility that Layvin Kurzawa will be there.
Prediction Manchester City-Fulham
This will almost certainly not be as easy for City as it has been in years past, although Haaland’s return obviously gives them a huge boost.
Man City win 3-1.
Head-to-head history and results (h2h).
Manchester City win: 37
Fulham win: 17
Manchester City-Fulham odds
Man City win: 1/8
Fulham win: 16/1
Odds by Bet 365 and subject to change.